Jemini: Thanks for having me fam. Well, my name is Jemini and I’m an indie hip hop artist from Brockton, Ma. I have a single out right now off my debut album “I Am Jem”. The single is called “Bump It”. Its available online for download. Radio is showing it mad love. I hope ya’ll request it and support it.
Po: How was it growing up in Boston?
Jemini: I was actually born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It was real tough out there. As a youngn’ I saw a lot of things a child wasn’t suppose to see so when we got to Boston (specifically Brockton), the hardest thing for me was adjusting to the new environment.
Po: What’s your musical background? How long have you been rapping?
Jemini: I produce music. I play the keys and I graduated from the New England Institute of Art with an Associate Degree in Audio Engineering back in 2007. Man, I’ve been rapping since junior high school. Since the 8th grade. Those were the good ol days.
Po: How do you describe your music to people?
Jemini: Honestly, my music is fresh hip hop. You know, that no holds barred hip hop. I’d like to think for every song that I write, there’s a powerful feeling that my audience receive from it, you feel me?
Po: What are your immediate music career goals?
Jemini: I want to continue to be heard because I got something important to say. I want to make people connect with hip hop again. I’d love to keep making music for as long as God let’s me man. I want to give people something new. My ultimate goal is to be successful at maintaining the raw edge in hip hop and still have a commercial appeal.
Po: What are your interests outside of music?
Jemini: Well, let’s see. I’m an artist so I love drawing and painting portraits and abstract pieces. I also like playing ball and watching movies. But ever since I started making music, I haven’t had the time to do anything else, honestly. We just wrapped up my first mixtape entitled “Here I Am” which is hosted by the world famous Statik Selektah. Fat shouts to Statik for holding it down. The mixtape will be dropping first week of April. Look for it online.
Po: Are you looking for an independent label deal or a major label deal? (Why?)
Jemini: Not really. I mean, I’m signed independently to Mr Wizard Records, which is based in Brockton, shout out to Wayne Horton, but if the right offer comes along to merge, then we merge. I am looking for distribution though for my debut album, “I Am Jem”.
Po: What advice would you give to aspiring rappers?
Jemini: My main advice to ya’ll is recognize that this is not a game. Its a 24/7 career. If you are truly in it, you need to be inspired, motivated, dedicated, driven, and ambitious all of the time. You cannot fall back at all because someone else is trying to reach the same goal and they’re probably moving just as hard. It sounds cliche but go hard or go home and please give us something new and creative. Hip hop needs it.
Po: Once again, thanks for stopping by Po Politickin. Any last words for the readers?
Jemini: As a matter of fact, shout out to Po Politickin for giving indie music a chance to be heard. Also, please check out my official single “Bump It” which is available at iTunes, Amazon mp3 and everywhere else online. The radios have the record so contact your local station and request it. Hip hop needs your support and I represent for hip hop. Please support independent music because we carry the torch, you feel me? Also, hit me up at www.myspace.com/kingjemini and check out the videos on Youtube. Also, visit the blog at www.jeminiuniverse.blogspot.com for news and updates. Check out my homie Octavian’s hit single, “Hood Chick” featuring Kallil. Request it too. Viciouz Society in the building. Oc and I have a string of documentaries that we will be filming so make sure you tune in for that. Fat shouts to DJ Addition for holding it down and all of the radio stations and clubs for the love and support. Remember to support indie hip hop. Stay tuned for the official “Bump It” video coming real soon. Stay blessed ya’ll. One love.